Weekend Wandering 6.25.16

wandering north of lisa's house
wandering north of lisa’s house – near sarah’s house – taken by sarah mortimore

My Mercedes Went to Missions from Desiring God

My friend had chosen the path of generosity. He tithes, gives sacrificially, and pours out his life and income for gospel advance. He chose not to be rich. Despite his education, capabilities, and family wealth, he chose generosity that looks radical by comparison.  But in that moment, across the table from his [financial] advisor, he felt a flash of shame.

Here’s to You, Moms Who Are Good at Bedtime from Amusing Maralee

I don’t do bedtimes, but I’m pretty much always available to my kids. I make dinners and lunches and breakfasts and snacks. I do baths and mediate conflicts and kiss cheeks and sing random songs (Although I do not make up fictional stories with my child as the main character. It’s just not a skill I have, but I know some of you are awesome at it. Well done.). I love these kids fiercely and do my absolute best to be gentle and kind. . . which is part of why I try to clock out before my patience does.

Comings and Goings from Pull Up a Chair

…with the house next door, i didn’t have to imagine too, too much. i knew the players. had come to love the players. over time, you learn things, peel back the stories, allow the bond to build — the new year’s ladies lunch she always hosted; the time we went together to the tracks, put down dollar bills on the horse he assured would win; the day we moved here nearly 14 years ago when she came to the door with a tinfoil-domed platter of the best chocolate chip cookies anyone ate that day, and she looked me in the eye, said, “i think we’ve a lot in common….”

This has been quite the week for both of us.

Jennifer’s little ones continue to have loads of challenges including not sleeping. I read her texts and wish I could help.

The room she so carefully prepared is unrecognizable.

I’m telling you – this is very hard.

Thankfully, she was able to find respite care and they are getting time away in the mountains with their big kids. This is just what they need. Please pray for God’s blessing upon them on this trip.

For us – well, we have added a foster daughter to our family. She is a wonderful surprise and we are so glad to have her.

The hardest part for me has been adding many appointments, paperwork, phone calls, and another kid taking driver’s ed. This is our eighth time!

Everything is going well – I’m just spread a little thin.

In happy news, Noah and Katie arrived yesterday for the weekend. This is their first trip home since Christmas, so it’s very sweet to have them here.

Have a great weekend, friends. Thanks so much for sharing our lives.

with hope and gratitude,

Lisa and Jennifer

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. barbara
    June 25, 2016

    dear lisa, i just wanted to say thank you so so much for finding my little blog post. i’ve been poring over your beautiful site, and i’m so deeply touched, and so deeply enchanted. bless you both, and your holy work, and this beautiful gathering place. thank you.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 25, 2016

      Barbara, a friend pointed me toward your beautiful writing a few months ago and I’ve been following your blog ever since. You have such a gift. We also featured your post, Parallel Lives, on May 7th. Thank you for writing. Lisa


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